Black is the colour, Hong Kong July 1 marchers are told

Organisers have democratic message for the world on 20th anniversary of city’s return to China

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 10 June, 2017, 11:11pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 10 June, 2017, 11:11pm

The organiser of the annual pro-democracy march on July 1 wants everyone to wear black.

Au Nok-hin, convenor for organiser the Civil Human Rights Front, said marchers would tell the world they wanted a real Hong Kong under the “one country, two systems” policy with a high degree of autonomy.

He said on Saturday the slogan of the march, on the day marking the anniversary of the city’s return to Chinese sovereignty, would be: “One country, two systems, a lie of 20 years; Democratic self-government, retake Hong Kong.”

“We hope everyone can join us on July 1 and be united to gather to express our voice to urge for a democratic, high autonomous government immediately,” he said.

It is widely understood President Xi Jinping will be in the city that day for the celebrations.

Jimmy Sham Tsz-kit, another spokesman for the front, said he feared there may be clashes in Victoria Park with members of a pro-Beijing group, which had booked the six football pitches normally used at the start of the march.

This year it will begin from a lawn at the Causeway Bay park.

Au said he hoped police would reconsider other arrangements, such as the protest route.

The destination of the march has been tentatively set as Tim Mei Avenue near government headquarters in Admiralty, as a request to gather at Civic Square has yet to be approved.